The theme of the Cardinal’s address was “The Importance of the Encyclical Laudato Si’ for the Church and the World, in the Light of Major Political Events in 2015 and Beyond”. Three key United Nations conferences are scheduled to take place in the second half of 2015: the “Third International Conference on Financing for Development”, (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 13 to 16 July); the “United Nations Summit to adopt the Post-2015 Development Agenda”, (New York, U.S.A., 25 to 27 September); and the “Twenty-First Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations framework Convention on Climate Change” or “COP21” (Paris, France, 30 November to 11 December), for the purpose of adopting a new agreement on climate change. Cardinal Parolin affirmed that “the Encyclical will have a certain impact on these events, but its breadth and depth go well beyond its context in time”.
Catholic economist: Pope has ‘measured’ critique of U.S. economy
Laura Ieraci, Catholic News Service
Joseph Kaboski, a professor of economics at the University of Notre Dame and president of CREDO, an international organization of Catholic economists, said, “As an individual, the pope probably views redistribution programs as a more effective way of tackling poverty than economic growth,” though “most mainstream economists would disagree.”
Pope Francis calls us to act to save our planet
June Miller, The Register-Guard
Pope Francis’ encyclical urges us to care for these resources God has given us. Living in Oregon, I’m cognizant every day of what’s at stake. Oregon is known for its rich natural beauty and abundance of resources, and I want Oregon’s beauty, clean air and healthy water to be preserved for future generations.
Catholic Colleges In No Rush To Divest From Fossil Fuels After Pope’s Encyclical
Dayana Morales Gomez, Huffington Post
Student campaigns for divestment were already underway at the very wealthiest Catholic universities in the U.S. But so far, not a single American Catholic college or university has announced plans to divest in light of the encyclical.
Prince Charles Calls for Big Government Expansion: We Need A ‘Different Economy’
Donna Rachel Edmunds, Breitbart
The Prince’s intervention follows the Pope’s much anticipated encyclical on climate change which promoted socialism in a similar vein. “The environment is one of those goods that cannot be adequately safeguarded or promoted by market forces,” Pope Francis said.